Dedicated to evolving our understanding of electricity.

 

Mission

At Sapient, we’re committed to bringing our buildings and the way that people interact with them into the twenty-first century. We are building the next generation of energy delivery systems to be affordable, automated, and ubiquitous. We find it unacceptable that building managers and administrators have no way to understand energy usage throughout their buildings on a more granular and intuitive level. We find it concerning that they are unable to correlate energy usage with people and the devices they use. We find it disturbing that the consequence of this lack of understanding is billions of dollars worth of waste resulting from human behavior. Sapient is the solution to this problem. Our goal is to eliminate waste from our electrical grid.

 

Spending less on power shouldn't be expensive.

 
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Our Team

 
 

Alumni

 
 

Bios

 
 
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Sam Parks

Co-Founder

Sam is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania in applied physics with research interests in quantum computation and quantum information technology. His experience began in the field of nanotechnology and nanofabrication as a scientist at the Singh Center for Nanotechnology and extends to the field of quantum engineering and computation at the University of Pennsylvania's Quantum Engineering Laboratory as a former applied physics PhD student. While his education includes extensive work in mathematics and computer science, he now develops the core of Sapient's technology suite.

Sam is a Sophia International Scholar, Reagan Fellow, and a recipient of the UPenn Scholar grant. Recently, Sam has spoken at regional eco-engineering and sustainability initiative conferences to inspire his generation of engineers and innovators to collaborate in a unified effort to integrate previously disconnected fields of science into sustainable technology.

 
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Martin Koch

Co-Founder

Martin's academic background comes from The Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, where he studied real estate and legal studies, and Harvard SSP in Boston, MA. where he studied Economics. His experience spans asset management in New York City to criminal law in London, as well as the pursuit of his life-long passion of mountaineering, training on Mount Everest and surrounding peaks.

In Martin's early academic career, he spent two years working at the Students Federal Credit Union in Philadelphia. In 2015, Martin became the organization's youngest ever General Manager and oversaw the daily operations of the $7 million institution and its over 100 employees. As General Manager, Martin saw the credit union receive its highest ever CAMEL rating from federal regulators at the NCUA. He also served on the organization's Executive Board, as the credit union's external relations offcer, leading several client outreach initiatives and restructuring the organization's recruitment program. 

 
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Dave Bradley

Chief technology officer

Over Dave’s 20-year career in hardware product development he has launched over 30 innovative and award-winning products into medical, computing, and consumer device global markets for start-ups and Fortune 500 companies.  He has managed internal and external engineering teams in the US, India, Korea, Europe, and China in the development of world-class products from concept through stable high-volume production.  Previously, Dave managed iPad development programs at Apple.

Today, Dave is Sapient’s Chief Technology Officer– responsible for bringing Sapient AEMS to market. He oversees the selection of manufacturers, designers, and engineering firms that aid in designing, building, and testing our high-quality hardware. 

 
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Steve Martin

Director of Engineering

Steve is driven by unrelenting curiosity and the fun of creating new technologies.  His background in structural engineering led him to a twenty-year career building software systems focused on the virtualization of entire industries. Steve specializes in designing products built on BIM, CAD, GIS, IoT, and visualization technologies to address needs in the engineering, construction and operations lifecycle. Notable solutions he has delivered include web-based 2D and 3D asset management integrations that enabled data-driven exploration and reporting for floor plans and building systems.

Prior to Sapient, Steve established and oversaw the operations of a technology consulting division where he built and led a team of developers to meet the diverse needs of clients from startups to Fortune 500 companies. Steve is a lifelong learner who spends his free time listening to technology podcasts at the grocery, turning his old house into a smart home, and playing Minecraft with his kids.

 
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Mario Wunderlich

Senior Software Developer

Mario is the owner of LionMane Software as well as a full-stack developer and adviser for Sapient. Mario has over a decade as a senior-level experience as a software engineer and currently oversees the development of the Sapient software suite from the web-based AEMS, mobile application, building simulation models and toolkits, and machine learning implementation.

 
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Vipula Sateesh

Machine learning engineer

Vipula is a graduate student of University of Pennsylvania in Computer Engineering. During her academic career, her focuses were Embedded Systems and Internet Of Things (IOT)- eventually delving into Analog and Digital Integrated Circuits during graduate school. Vipula has developed several end-to-end IOT products, while her current research involves parallel computing on Finite State Machines. 

Vipula started her journey at Sapient in 2017  designing and optimizing printed circuit boards for Sapient's proprietary smart outlet and oversaw the design and implementation of several embedded systems. Currently, she now manages the development of Machine Learning models and experimental algorithms for device detection and modeling human behavior.

 
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Phillip Trent

Embedded Systems Engineer

Phillip is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania in computer engineering. He manages the embedded hardware and software subsystems responsible for tracking occupancy and human "hyper-location". His interests are in operating systems security, embedded software, and hardware/software interfaces.

He comes to Sapient with a background at Xilinx in hardware design, operating system development, and automation, as well as UI/UX design and iOS development. In his free time, he enjoys coffee, hiking, wine, and travel.

 
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Paris Thatos

Content creator

Paris is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, having studied neuroscience with coursework in the statistical and cognitive sciences. He has experience in the biotech space from both the equity and clinical sides, most recently designing and publishing mathematical models describing new surgical techniques in dermatology.

As part of the team, Paris is creating a library of literature from white papers to industry insight centered around the Sapient product.

 

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